Custom Mac processor of Apple's next-generation entered mass production this month, says a new Nikkei Asia article today. Processors, who are tentatively called the 'M2' after an Apple M1 chip, take three months at least to produce and will, according to sources from the report, start shipping in July for integration into Apple's next line of MacBooks.
The arrival of the Apple M1 chip-driven devices marked the beginning of the end of the technology ecosystem. Since the launch of Intel's 8086 CPU in 1978, the x86 architecture has become standard in the PC space and Apple has made the transition from 2005 to Intel CPUs. But Apple was much more interested in his new switch from x86 to his own ARM CPUs in the past year. This is not only the first time Apple controls the software and hardware of your computer, including your smartphones and tablets, but the Apple M1 CPU itself is able to trade bouts in terms of performance with the most powerful Intel Core and AMD Ryzen CPUs.
Now, Apple's long-awaited Apple M1 successor, possibly known as Apple M2, and shipping on equipment later this year, started mass production, industry sources told Nikkei, Asia. The Apple M1 SoC has already shipped the 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, along with the Mac Mini, with the re-designed iMac and a more powerful iPad Pro for the latest Apple event in combination with the M1 product lineup.
Notable among Apple's products are the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models which are not included in the product lineup because the final models are powered by Intel, but have not obtained a refrigeration ARM. And while we saw a great many of them in the rumor mill, they should be launched using another processor, the "Apple M1X." The configuration is 12-core instead of 8-core. But, when we're about to start shipping in July, just less than three months from now, we might only be discussing the same SOC in a couple of months and seeing those chips begin shipping. Whether launched as the Apple M2 or Apple M1X, it is actually the same SoC, we are apparently going to see significant improvements in performance.
Naturally, we may be incorrect, because it's all speculation. We will know more about the SoC and possibly even the upcoming WWDC 2021 MacBooks scheduled for 7-11th June.
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